Thursday 28 March 2013
450 volunteer days, 10 training workshops and 14 practical projects completed are just a few of the impressive numbers from the first full year of the Chilterns Commons Project.
Launched in October 2011, the report on the first full year of the Project shows that it has got off to a flying start and is already making a big difference to the conservation and promotion of commons in the Chilterns.
The four-year Project has £400,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and support from a wide range of partners including The Chiltern Society. Run by the Chilterns Conservation Board, its aims include enabling local people to play a more active role in conserving and interpreting Chilterns' commons, raising awareness of their natural and cultural heritage and carrying out some practical work to conserve wildlife and historic features.
In its first year a large number of individuals and organisations have contributed their time and effort to the work, building a total of 450 volunteer days. The training workshops have also proved incredibly popular with almost all of them over-subscribed.
Practical works completed include a new boardwalk and steps at Coleshill Common to improve access, butterfly and botanical surveys at Totternhoe Knolls, pond restoration and archaeological surveys at other sites.
Lots more is in the pipeline. This includes a big free public event at the Chiltern Open Air Museum near Chalfont St Giles on Sunday 9th June which will recreate traditional life on a common. Come along to Bricks Bodgers and Broomsticks and you could find yourself building a hovel or auctioning off your children at a hiring fair!
Read the full report for 2012.